Friday, June 26, 2009

orange polka dot dress

i'm almost done with katie's new dress. i just have to add the bias tape on the bottom of the dress and attach the skirt slip that will go under the skirt, then i can call it good.

with this dress i wanted to try to learn how to do bias tape and adding it to the neck and arm holes. with every dress or article of clothing i want to learn just a little bit more. i've been meaning to learn this for a while and so i decided it was about time.

the fabric was $2 a yard fabric from walmart (i was too nervous to use the nicer stuff. the bias tape and inside lining was made out my remnants of my thrift sheets).

i didn't use a pattern, the top is close to simplicity 6688 ( i used it for sizing). but i just sort of made it up as i went.

now if i didn't suffer from the disease called: "the inability to make the size that my daughter is right now", she could of worn this right now. but see, i always make (not buy though) things too big for her. she will look super cute in this maybe by the end of this summer, but for sure by next summer it will look great on her.

oh well i guess it's genetic because my mom's been buying clothes for the kids (including socks and shoes) that will fit them in a year or two... since the first day my oldest was born.

some things are hard to shake out of your genetic pool.

33 comments:

stewbert said...

oh that's so cute! i'm so impressed with your mad skillz.

Trin said...

That dress is really cute! I love the simplicity of it.

I also suffer from "the inability to make the size that my daughter is right now".

Beth said...

The dress is so cute!

I don't know exactly what my problem is (other than having a REALLY skinny daughter) but she ends up having to grow into just about everything I make too!!!

Tricia said...

Hi V.
The dress looks great! I can't wait to see the final product. I have to live vicariously through your dress making adventures, as any time I've ever attempted clothing it has not turned out so well. ;(
Have a great weekend!
*Tricia

Ellyn said...

darling! You can always stick a little orange turtleneck under it & some leggings if it fits better in the cooler months! I love polka dots...

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

The fabric is super cute! I like the idea of always trying to learn more with each sewing project.

Needled Mom said...

Great job! I love the Polka Dots.

Anonymous said...

Vanessa, I have the same problem with making or buying things too big for my daughter. Especially when I order a dress for her from a fancy, way too expensive catalog! It may be that feel like I am getting my money's worth by staring at it in her closet for a year! One problem, my husband does not understand me when I say the kids have no clothes to wear. After all, he seen the credit card bill and the full closet..... Anyways, I LOVE your blog! You have great style. I get lots of inspiration from you. I just wish I would act on it!

Sheri Howard said...

So cute, don't you miss wearing those kind of dresses in the summer? I DO!

lera said...

Don't worry, I have the same problem. I make things that are too large for my daughter and MYSELF! I have made things for myself that I will NEVER "grow in to."

ellen said...

cute dress!!

Sara Richins said...

Very cute! You've got some mad skills if you're not using a pattern. WOW!

Molly said...

I LOVE this! So cute! My daughter loves polka dots and calls them "pokies". She's 20 mos. old.
:)

Annelies Dease said...

Sew cute.....and being a polka dot girl myself, I have bought ENDLESS amounts of the $2.44 polkas from Walmart for backings. They are just so darn cheerful!!! XXX Annie

MegJill said...

Your talents amaze me! That dress will be so cute on your daughter, and until she fits in it you could decorate with it in her room. Maybe hang it and another dress or two from clothes pins in her room?!
As others have said before, you offer a lot of inspiration for so many of us decorating mommies out there! And the dress is adorable.
Oh! I FINALLY remembered to check out the sheets at a garage sale this morning! I found a cute set of girly sheets for $1. When we get settled in our new home I will look at your blog to find what to make my daughters. Maybe matching dresses? Maybe use it on a quilt? I would have never thought of those ideas on my own. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

The Kings said...

that's funny! aidan has holes in the knees of all of his 3T jeans but I refuse to buy anymore 3T bc I know he won't get much more use out of him. but 4T is huge on him right now. so we're just patching them up for now. he's a boy. he's supposed to look rought and tumble! cute dress! maybe one day i'll have a girl to dress up!

Nanci said...

You know I love dots. Could you take a couple of darts front and back to just make it fit? I used to do that for my girl when she was little.
It's so very cute though!

Jenni said...

I do the same thing when I buy clothes. I figure if I buy them big, they will get more use out of them?? I let them look silly and wear the big clothing. :)

Amanda said...

I love the polka dots! The dress is adorable.

That's what I did when I taught myself how to sew. With each project I learned something new.

I remember when I learned how to sew in pockets or sew in sleeves. I ripped out a lot, but eventually everything turned out great.

You're doing a great job!

resmith said...

Such an adorable dress. I would do the size thing with my granddaughter. I think maybe I was not using the right size for my seams.

kwiltmakr said...

The dress is so cute and bias tape isn'tthat hard to do. It doesn't hurt to have things a bit big and to get ahead a bit.

jaybird said...

this is when i wish i had a kid so that i have an excuse to make super cute kids stuff!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That will be so cute on Katie. Making bloomers to match? Jenn

ellsworth family said...

Very very cute!

Marie said...

Very cute!

Carol R. said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love the polka dots!

Spencer Family 6 said...

Love it! It actually reminds me of a bowl (milk glass with orangy red dots the same size as on the dress) that my mom used to have! I loved that bowl....great job on the dress~ she will look adorable in it!

Journeying Five said...

way to go! learning new things and winging it as you go!

john in nc said...

if you learn to "bag" the top, that is even quicker than bias tape-

Mollie said...

Adorable dress! And I love your desire to learn something new each time you create. I think I'll do the same.

As for making things too big...I always buy too big and then forget about them. So, as long as you don't forget about the shoes, socks, dresses...you're good:o)

dotti white said...

This is going to be adorable! Good for you!

amandajean said...

it's gorgeous!!! i love the orange polka dot. and way to go for walmart fabric (for the very reasons you stated here). :)

lanakae said...

Ok, that dress is super adorable. I love the polka dot fabric! Good choice!

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